The Japanese University Experience – Summer Camp By Blake Bennett What’s your idea of the ideal summer vacation? Six days and five nights on the beach, sipping on a frosty beer whilst relaxing in one of those net hammock thingys? That would certainly make my top five list. But alas, for the young men and women committed to the university kendo scene, one must be prepared to wait a little longer to enjoy such luxuries, and settle, in the meantime, for a slightly less idyllic summer get-away location. In the month of August, the hottest period of Japan’s oppressive summer season, sunglasses and speedos areRead More →

Saturday July 20, 2013 – Meiji University The 2nd Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai was held on Saturday July 20, 2013, at Meiji University’s Izumi Campus in central Tokyo. It was attended by 37 participants representing 19 different countries. There were also seven 8-dan and one 7-dan sensei that came to participate in the event. The first hour of practice was led by H8-dan Inoue Yoshihiko-sensei. In this session he emphasised the importance of the correct mindset for kendo. Kendo is derived from a ‘life and death’ situation and as such, we should treat it that way in our training. Kendo should not be thought ofRead More →

After several months planning, the first Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai was held at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on Saturday 30th June, 2012, in the No.2 and No.3 dojo. At first, it looked like we were going to be denied access to the Budokan as the entrance that we were going to use was roped off and the member of staff on duty did not want to take the responsibility of letting us through. This was because the Korean K-pop group “Boyfriend” were performing at the Nippon Budokan on their “First Date” in Japan. It seemed like every girl who was under 16, from TokyoRead More →

The Chuseikan Dojo in Christchurch, New Zealand See Chuseikan Video Here!! The earth didn’t rock, it exploded under our feet. That was the February 22 earthquake in Christchurch last year. Not long after that, when I had arrived back in Japan, the March 11 Great Tohoku Earthquake happened, followed by a massive tsunami and the unnerving nuclear disaster. In terms of scale, the Japanese earthquake was far bigger, and the casualties inconceivable. How do you come to terms with entire villages being swept away, thousands of casualties, and then the on-going menace of radiation? Well, you can’t really, but life goes on for the living.Read More →

There are lots of things in the news about Iran at the moment that is far from positive. Politics aside, there is a group of dedicated kenshi there doing their best to promote kendo to the wider Iranian community. Recently, they held a seminar with some intensive training sessions at a little dojo in downtown Tehran. The cultural attaché at the Japanese Embassy paid the group a visit, as did an Iranian kenshi who usually resides in the USA. KW would like to extend our congratulations and support to the kendo aficionados in Iran.Read More →